The Stinger

February 19th 2014 see’s the official launch of a brand new, free, independent local music magazine for Hastings and the surrounding area. Called The Stinger, the magazine will be published every two months.

The Stinger will include coverage of original local music, bands and artists, across different musical genre’s and age groups. There will also be gig and music reviews, local and national music news, comment pieces and much more relating to the local music scene. Another aspect that will be covered is the musical history of the Hastings area, something that is well worth talking about and reliving.

You can keep up to date with The Stinger via its website: www.thestinger.org.uk and also their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thestingermag

The Stinger is the first project of the newly formed Hastings Fat Tuesday charity, which we’ve talked about here at Pierless Music before.

As you may remember from previous posts, Pierless Music, and especially myself, are joining up with the team behind the Fat Tuesday and Voodoo Fest events to help with the running of the Hastings Fat Tuesday charity.

I am pleased to say that I am now the Managing Editor of The Stinger and my Pierless Music colleague Richard Lock is a contributor, so you may see some crossover between the two projects in the future.

When Richard and I created Pierless Music, back in late 2012, one of our initial aims was to start up a local music magazine/fanzine for the Hastings area. But, for several reasons, we weren’t able to fulfill that ambition. So, in many ways, The Stinger is the realisation of that dream.

Sometimes things take a little longer than you’d like, and as Tom Petty said, “The waiting is the hardest part”.

But, we got there in the end and we hope you’ll agree that The Stinger has been worth that wait.

PS: We now have an official launch party and you’re invited. For more details visit the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/801133736579983/

Hastings Pier Rises Again

As you may well have seen in the news today, the restoration of Hastings Pier is finally about to take place: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-23699453

Work is due to start any day now and is planned to be completed in the Spring of 2015.

This is great news for the town and I’m certainly looking forward to treading those boards once again.

One other thing I’m also looking forward to is going to gigs on Hastings Pier once again. I’ll admit that I didn’t get to see a huge amount first time around, but have fond memories of those that I did attend.

Most of us are well aware of the amazing amount of musical greats that played on Hastings Pier through the years. From the Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrix, from the Sex Pistols to Gene Vincent, the list is a roll call of worldwide musical talent. It would be great if that impressive list can be added to after the Pier re-opens again in 2015.

The published plans do include a facility for gigs/concerts to take place, as you can see both here: http://hpcharity.co.uk/ and here: http://drmm.co.uk/projects/hastings-pier-redevelopment/   

I just hope that what is being proposed are the kind of gigs that so many people remember from their own past and still talk about today.

Personally I also feel that this also needs to include a facility for gigs by original local musical talent and not just as support acts either. This could be a great opportunity to showcase local talent in a high profile venue and it would be a great pity if this was not able to happen for some reason.

Many local bands played on Hastings Pier during its heyday, so why not make that a priority in the future?

Maybe that process could be started by making the first ever gig on the brand new Hastings Pier a celebration of original local music? Now that would be something worth looking forward to.

Let the campaign start here and let me know your own feelings about this.

Andy Gunton,

15th August 2013.

PS: Pierless Music will still be called Pierless Music, even after Hastings Pier re-opens.

Local Music News – May 2013

Here’s my Local Music News column that appeared in the 3rd May issue of the Hastings Observer.

“Just as last month was all about singer/songwriters & possibly the lighter side of the local musical spectrum, this month it’s all about Rock with a capital ‘R’!

You wait for a much promised album from one of Hastings finest exponents of Rock music & then two come along at once.

Just last week Hornet released their debut album “Skies Are Falling”, but only to a select group of loyal fans. The rest of the world has to wait until June for the full album release.
Why? Well the production of “Skies Are Falling” was funded purely by Hornet’s fans via Pledge Music, one of several new ways for musicians to help further their careers, without the need for a traditional record company.
You can still help the band & get your hands on the album before everyone else by visiting: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornetdebutalbum

The month of May see’s the release of the eagerly anticipated new 9 track album by local rockers Arivmia, entitled “Echoes From The Wilderness”.
To celebrate this the band have an official album launch gig at The Carlisle on Saturday 11th May. Entry is free & will include a live set by Arivmia, plus support & even an after show party. You can buy your copy of the album on the night too.
Apparently, this is the only local scheduled gig by Arivmia in 2013, so don’t miss out.
More info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/Arivmia

Both Hornet & Arivmia are bound to be played during May’s 28 day broadcast of Hastings Rock radio, which starts on Saturday May 4th on 87.7FM. As are Otti Albietz & Harvey Summers, who were featured in last months column.
I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings between 8-10pm. I hope you can join me.

Andy Gunton,
Pierless Music & Hastings Rock”

Local Music News – April 2013

I mentioned not long ago that I was going to be writing a monthly Local Music News column for the Hastings Observer.

Well, the first and introductory column was published in March and the second appeared a week ago.

With the agreement of the Hastings Observer I shall be reposting those columns here, after a suitable pause.

So, without further delay here is my column for April:

“Two new albums by local tunesmiths and with a connection too, have come my way this month. Both are very worthy of your attention.

The first by Otti Albietz, Bubbytone 2, is released on BBE Records. I was lucky enough to attend the album launch gig at St Mary-in-the-Castle. An evening filled with great music and huge cardboard cut-outs.

Otti Albietz is one of those unique local talents that deserves wider attention and Bubbytone 2 demonstrates exactly why.

Bubbytone 2 is produced by Harvey Summers, who just happens to have recently released his own latest solo album Jupiter, which is already getting BBC radio play and quite rightly so. You always know that anything Harvey is involved with will sound great and Jupiter is no exception. The album is released on Big Village Records.

Tracks from both Bubbytone 2 and Jupiter are certain to be played on Hastings Rock radio which returns to the local airwaves again (87.7FM) on May 4.

As in previous years I will be presenting a local music show on the station. So, if you’re in a local band and want to hear yourselves on the radio contact me via: andygunton@hotmail.com

All music must be original material, contain no swearing and be of broadcast quality.

Finally, The Garry Blakeley Band return for some local gigs just in time for the May Day festivities. Entitled Celebrate, the shows are in two parts. The first half is based around a day in the life of Thomas Hardy and the second is a rendition of Garry and Rose Blakeley’s The Ceremony of May album, which is a celebration of Jack-in-the-Green. Very appropriate. Local dates are; April 25/26 at Stables Theatre, Hastings, April 28 at Rye Community Centre.

More info can be found at: www.garryblakeley.co.uk

See you again next month.

Andy Gunton

Get Involved

The Pierless Music website has been ‘live’ for just over a week now and so far we’ve been very pleased with the response that we’ve had. Thanks for that. It does seem that people appreciate what we are trying to do here and are very supportive of our aims.

As we laid out on our ‘Welcome’ page, we have plenty of ideas as to what we’d like to do in the future, but we’re certainly open for your suggestions as well. We are already working on a couple of new ideas that we hope will come to fruition shortly.

To help us move forward we’d like people to get involved with Pierless Music. We have already got a couple of people onboard to write some reviews etc for us in the future, but we’d like some more.

So, if you attend local gigs by original artists, or you have an opinion about local music you’d like to blog about, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Why not suggest a topic, feature, or article? Nothing relevant and appropriate will be turned down. Maybe, you could even use your contribution as a part of your coursework?

If you are an original band, or musician and you have some news you’d like to share about an upcoming release, or big gig, let us know. Also, why not send us a copy of your new album, EP, or single and then we can review it for you?

Why not submit a track for our Soundcloud Sample Playlist? Don’t worry, tracks cannot be downloaded, only listened to.

Why not send us a link to your band, gig venue etc. As long as it’s relevant to original local music we’ll be happy to post it onto our ‘Links’ page.

If you feel as passionately as we do at Pierless Music about the great quality of the original music scene in the Hastings area, this is your chance to tell the world all about it.

Oh and don’t forget to tell your friends about us.

Thanks

See our ‘Contact Us’ page for details on how to get in touch with Pierless Music.